Book Review: Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles of Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga infamy is at it again with a new book packed full of yoga remedies for all that ails you.  Yoga Cures, which it seems Tara's publishers have been handing out to yoga bloggers like candy, is a sort of yoga lure, if you will, offered up to the common couch-sitting, cable-loving, chip-eating citizen.

After a lengthy introduction aimed at convincing the yoga skeptic that yoga is not something weird or foreign or scary, but is in fact totally hip and chill, Ms. Stiles lays out 50 short 3-5 pose sequences which are apparently designed, if not to cure, to at least address the discomfort of 50 common contemporary complaints.

"Cures" range from postural remedies for obesity and arthritis to acne and ADD.  Beyond physical ailments and body image complaints, Stiles meets personality disorders head on with the "Party Pooper" sequence, the "Procrastination" sequence and the "Chill the *&@# Out" sequence, just to name a few.

Are these petite sequences "cures?"  Absolutely not.  Do I forgive Ms. Stiles for this indiscretion?  Yes, I do.  Everybody's gotta make a buck.  And, as much as the overcompensatory use of slangy, non-threatening language irritates me, I can't help but feel that the more people exposed to the practice of yoga, the better for all of us.

Would I buy this book?  Absolutely not.  But am I glad that Yoga Cures might plant the idea of yoga as therapy in the consciousness of a larger chunk of this suffering society?  Yeah.  I am.


  1. I agree! The more people enticed to the mat the better, for whatever reason. Someone may do 5 poses thinking it will cure their acne and get hooked!

  2. Equanimity in action! Nice Megan. I am one of those people who believe that if you were meant to meet yoga, yoga will come and tap you in the shoulder even if you are hiding under a rock.